Two years ago in February, our twin daughters Maggie and Abby were born. As identical twins, they had developed a complication called twin-to-twin-transfusion syndrome. They needed to undergo in-utero surgery to try and save them. The surgery was unsuccessful. The girls had to be born via c-section at only 24 weeks old. Maggie lived one day. Abby lived two. As we have dealt with our grief at our daughters' deaths, we have decided to remember their lives each year by supporting an organization in their honor. This year we're inviting you to join us in supporting the Flint Water Fund of the United Way. When news broke in 2014 of the contamination of Flint's city water and its horrific impacts on the health of Flint residents, I was devastated - but unsurprised. I grew up next to Flint. The Flint River winds through my parents' backyard. Every morning of my childhood, I looked out my window at the river's sparkling (but unclean) waters. So the Flint Water … [Read more...] about remembering maggie & abby: how you can help!
We are dreaming big. In the weeks since our twins Abby and Maggie died, my husband Franco and I have been trying to listen to what God is calling us to next. We realize this will be a long journey of discernment and will likely bring unexpected changes to our family and our lives. But we have already been transformed by the experience of loving and losing our daughters. So we trust that we will be prepared for whatever comes next, whenever the time comes. Today we want to start by asking you to help us make a difference in Maggie and Abby's honor. We want their legacy of love to live on in powerful, practical ways. So when we started dreaming about how we could start something right now, I immediately thought of my friend Colleen. Colleen, her husband Greg, and their five sons run the St. Francis Emmaus Center for pregnant women and new mothers in Costa Rica. The center provides a safe, comfortable place for indigenous Cabecar mothers (who must journey long hours on foot … [Read more...] about maggie and abby: how you can help!